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Valerie G. (Prim) Jones (April 11, 2014)

Valerie G. (Prim) Jones, 58, of Greenville, went to be with her Savior on April 11, 2014 at her residence. Valerie was born on September 23, 1955 in Dayton, Ohio to the late Lester and Doris (Rudolph) Prim.

Valerie enjoyed being a homemaker during her life. Her passions included Bible studies, praise and worship, reading books, being a caretaker and encouraging people. Valerie was a great writer and loved to laugh. Her greatest joys were spending time with family.
In addition to her parents, Valerie is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth "Ken" Jones who passed away on October 29, 1996; a brother, Byron Prim and an infant sister, Gloria May Prim.

Valerie is survived by a son, Adam Jones of Greenville; two daughters, Mandy Jones of Arcanum and Molly Jones of Greenville; three grandchildren, Brooklynn, Cheyenne and Michael Buteau of Arcanum; two brothers, Randy Prim of Ft. Meyers, Florida, Jerry and Lori Leigh Prim of Kissimmee, Florida; three sisters, Wanda and Bill Gilbert of Cape Coral, Florida, Melody and Phillip Rike of West Milton, Ohio and Lori and Ken Moyer of Quakertown, Pennsylvania; as well as several nieces, nephews and friends.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM at Lighthouse Christian Center in Greenville with Rev. Hershel Fee officiating. Friends and family may visit prior to the service from 10:00 AM - noon. Burial will follow in the Greenville-Union Cemetery. The family requests memorial contributions be given to the funeral home to assist with the arrangements.

Services entrusted to Braund Pope Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.braundpope.com.

William L. “Bill” Holmes Sr. (April 12, 2014)

William L. “Bill” Holmes Sr., age 77, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM at State of the Heart Hospice Care Center, Greenville, Ohio. He was born on November 1, 1936 in Battle Creek, Michigan, to the late Halford & Irene (Eubank) Holmes.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years Titia Rose (Smith) Holmes of Greenville; children, Joyce (Keith) Thwaits of Greenville, William “Bill” (Lori) Holmes Jr. of Sebring, Florida, John (Marcia) Holmes Sr. of Fairborn, Ohio, and Jayne (Roger) Cassel of Kettering, Ohio; grandchildren, Kelly (Matt) Carter, John (Britni) Holmes Jr., Amy (Michael) Cost, Stephanie (Matt) Maupin, Stacey (Matt) Mills, Nic (Taylor Hamlin) Cassel, Jeffrey (Rachel) Holmes, Jennifer (Jerome Dotson) Holmes and Breanna Cassel and 8 great grandchildren.

Bill worked at McClains Inc. and retired from Westlake Supply. He was an auxiliary member of the Greenville Fire Department, a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Greenville and was treasurer for 21 years of the Central Western Fireman’s Association.

There will be a service held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the First Church of the Nazarene, 7584 Ohio 118, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Wayne Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 11 AM until the time of the service at church. Arrangements are under the direction of Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions are given to the First Church of the Nazarene, Greenville, Ohio.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Collette S. Weaver (April 11, 2014)

Collette S. Weaver age 60, of New Bremen, Ohio passed away Friday, April 11, 2014 in Greenville, Ohio. Collette was born August 29, 1953 in Greenville, Ohio to John & Marybel (Schlecty) Weaver of Versailles, Ohio.

In addition to her parents, Collette is also survived by her brother & sister-in-law, Tim & Kristin Weaver of Versailles, Ohio; sisters & brother-in-law, Jill Brown of Houston, Texas and Beth & Clayton Watkins on Wheaton, Illinois; and nieces and nephews, Alex Weaver, Molly Weaver, Tim Weaver, Sam Brown, John Brown, William Watkins and Olivia Watkins.

Collette was a member of Living Hope Assembly of God in St. Marys, Ohio. Collette was a graduate of Versailles High School, Miami University and member of Gamma Phi Beta.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, April 14, 2014 at the Versailles Christian Church 105 West Ward Street, Versailles with Rev. John Nunnally officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles and Monday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Auglaize Mercer Counties YMCA. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Vicki S. Mills (April 11, 2014)

Vicki S. Mills, age 47 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 3:02 A.M. Friday April 11, 2014 at Heartland of Greenville. She was born May 4, 1966 in Bluffton, Indiana and the daughter of Bobby Fisher of Brownwood, Texas and the late Yvonne Marie “Bonnie” (Mittlestedt) Fisher.

Survivors in addition to her father are her children Rebecca Hoff, Amanda Mills and Jeff Mills all of Greenville; grandchildren Elizabeth Nickson, Skylynn Mills, Autumn Marie Mills and Bentley Houck; brother David Alan Fisher of Dayton; sister Deanna Fisher Burdsall of Floyds Knobs, Indiana and numerous nieces.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday April 15, 2014 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with burial following in the Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 9:30 A.M. until time of the services in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the family to help defray funeral expenses.

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Thelma L. (Foureman) Pilcher (April 6, 2014)

Thelma L. (Foureman) Pilcher, 88, of Thornton, CO, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014 at North Suburban Medical Center in Thornton.

She was born October 18, 1925 in Darke County, Ohio, a daughter of the late Howard L. and Carrie Ann (Wogoman) Foureman. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Merrill Pilcher; sister, Bernice Behrens; and a brother, Warren D. Foureman.

Thelma was a homemaker. She attended Oakland School through the 8th grade and graduated from the old Franklin High School in 1943.

She is survived by her sons, Brian and Richard Pilcher of Thornton, CO; brother, Floyd E. (Betty M.) Foureman of Greenville, OH; sister, Elizabeth J. Runion of Houston, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends, Wednesday, April 16, from 10 - 11am, at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will follow in the Abbottsville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home, one hour prior to the service.

Condolences for the family may be left at www.oliverfloyd.com

Terence Joseph Schwanitz (April 10th, 2014)

Terence Joseph Schwanitz, 85, having fought a long and courageous battle, passed away at home in Greenville, Ohio on the morning of April 10th, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born May 26th, 1928 in Port Austin, Michigan, son of the late George and Mae (Clancy) Schwanitz, on the family farm and was the third of six children.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ellen Heyboer, and two brothers, George "Bud" Schwanitz and Patrick Schwanitz. He was a 1946 graduate of Bad Axe High School in Bad Axe, Michigan, attended Wayne State University in Detroit and served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Judy (Yaroch) Schwanitz; his six children, Gary (Sharon) Schwanitz of Troy; Jan Teaford of Greenville; Dan (Paula) Schwanitz of Greenville; Neil (Ging) Schwanitz of Marshall Islands; Beth (Bill) VanKirk of Kansas; and Tina (Jeff) Waltke of Georgia; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Joseph (Barb) Schwanitz and Mike Schwanitz of Michigan; brothers in-law and sisters-in- law Rich (Alice) Yaroch and Larry (Florence) Yaroch of Michigan; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He started his career as a tool and die maker for Hall Lamp in Detroit. He was an engineer with Jervis, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and then went on to become the Manufacturing Engineering Manager at Sheller Globe Corporation in Union City, Indiana, and the Chief Product Engineer at Siegel-Robert, Inc. in St. Louis.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Parish, the Knights of Columbus, and the Greenville Elks. More than anything, he loved his wife and family. He was a devoted and amazing husband, father, and grandfather. Despite many years of declining health, he never lost his sense of humor.

Before he left this world, he asked that we thank everyone who touched his life and made his journey easier. Thank you for the kindness, prayers, and the love shown to him and his family.

A Memorial Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10:30 A.M. Monday April 14, 2014 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church 233 West Third St., Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Father John R. White celebrating. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to State of the Heart Hospice.

Arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio

Condolences for the family may be sent to www.zecharbailey.com

Stanley L. Johnson (April 9, 2014)

Stanley L. Johnson, age 86, of Arcanum, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at 2:40 a.m. at Oakley House in Greenville, Ohio. He was born on December 19, 1927, in Preble County, Ohio, to the late James & Lora (Stover) Johnson.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (Howdieshell Burns) Johnson, of Arcanum, Ohio, whom he married on March 6, 1976; daughter, Sandra (Joe) Thomas of Arcanum, Ohio; son, Michael (Brenda) Johnson of West Manchester, Ohio; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; stepdaughter, Sherry (Steve) Hubler; stepsons, Kent Burns, Kris (Shelley) Burns, and Kraig Burns; ten step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brother Kenneth Johnson.

Stanley was a farmer for 30 years and also a bus driver for Arcanum Butler Local Schools for 26 years. He attended Castine Church of the Brethren and loved camping and traveling.

Services will be held Monday, April 14, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Castine Church of the Brethren with Pastor ¬Gary Cloyd officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenmound Cemetery, New Madison, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Sunday, April 13, 2014, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, as well as from 10-10:30 a.m. at the church of Monday.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions are given to the Arcanum Rescue Squad.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Walter M. “Wally” Day (April 9, 2014)

Walter M. “Wally” Day age 77, of Union City, Indiana passed away at 10:55 A.M. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at his residence. Wally was born April 9, 1937 in Buffalo, New York to the late Vernon “Bud” & Catherine (Sutter) Day.

Wally is survived by his wife, Paula (McEldowney) Day whom he married October 21, 2006; sons & daughters-in-law, Jeffrey & Kress Day of Hamburg, New York and Scott & Nichole Day of Orchard Park, New York; step daughter, Carrie Clemons of Union City, Indiana; and 10 grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Wally is also preceded in death by his brothers and sisters.

Wally served in the U.S. Army in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was a retired restaurant manager.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, April 11, 2014 at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Dennis Wheeler officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Versailles with Military Honors conducted by the Versailles Veteran’s Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Friday from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Larry Eugene Duke (March 19, 2014)

Larry Eugene Duke, 66, of Cincinnati, passed away on March 19, 2014 at the Dayton Veterans hospital in Dayton, Ohio. Larry was born on July 1, 1947 in Paoli, Indiana to the late Walter and Virginia (Shenkle) Duke.

Larry was a Bio Tech at the Veterans Administration and served his country honorably in the United Stated Navy.

In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his wife, Eugenia.

Larry is survived by his brothers, Jack Duke and Carol Huntington of Greenville, Ohio, Jerry Duke and wife Dee of Somerset, Kentucky, Charlie Duke of Marengo, Indiana and a half brother, James Thobe of Gettysburg, Ohio.

A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, April 18, 2014, 6 PM at Braund Pope Funeral Home in New Madison, Ohio with Rev. Eric Fee officiating.

Services entrusted to Braund Pope Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.braundpope.com.

Rhonda Schulte (April 8, 2014)

Rhonda Schulte
Born: May 22, 1959
Date of Death: April 8, 2014

Services:  Friday, April 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Braund Pope Funeral Home

Melvin L. Gehron (April 6, 2014)

Melvin L. Gehron, 78, of New Weston, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Heartland of Greenville.

He was born March 26, 1936 in Darke County, Ohio, son of the late Daniel W. and Anna May (Gause) Gehron. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Marie E. (Rose) Gehron who passed away August 29, 2004; and a sister, Bernice Rhodes.

Melvin was retired from Corning of Greenville and New Idea of Coldwater. He had served in the Korean War while in the Army. He was a member of the American Legion of North Star, North Star Fire Department and Corning retirees.

He is survived by his children, Jeff Gehron of Celina, Bonnie Gehron of Laura, Phil Gehron of North Star; grandchildren, Jennifer (Thom) Hensley of Union City, OH, Jessica Gehron of Flint, MI, Matthew Moehl of Greenville, Jeanelle Gehron of Union City, OH; great grandson, Ethan Moehl; sisters, Corda Leeper of North Star, Margaret Miles of Greenville; and a brother, Willard (Karen) Gehron of North Star.

Services with full military honors by the Greenville Honor Guard will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, April12, 2014 at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Scott Trittschuh officiating. Burial will follow in Ansonia Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday 1 hour prior to service.

The family request that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home to defray funeral expenses.

Condolenses may be left for the family at www.oliverfloyd.com

Margaret Evelyn Hile (April 6, 2014)

Margaret Evelyn Hile, age 101, of Versailles, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 9:15 AM at the Versailles Health Care Center in Versailles, Ohio. She was born on August 14, 1912 in Liberty Township, Darke County, Ohio, to the late Joseph C. & Bessie E. (Harding) Ross.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Otis Ira Hile whom she married on June 28, 1933; brothers, E. Mac, Homer, Carl “W.C.”, Herman and Harding Ross.

Margaret is a member of the Versailles United Methodist Church. She retired as a Government Egg Grader for Versailles Egg Auction (Poultry Producers) as well as a homemaker.

There will be a service held on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Terry Haworth officiating. Burial will immediately follow the service. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the Greenville American Legion Post #140.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

David Neil Deardourff (April 3, 2014)

David Neil Deardourff, age 78 of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Thursday April 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM at his residence. He was born July 30, 1935 in Greenville, Ohio the son of the late David & Ella (McGreevey) Deardourff. He was a member of the Greenville Elks; Greenville Moose Lodge; Greenville Eagles; & the American Legion.

There will be no services. Arrangements are being handled by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio.

Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com

Bob White (April 3, 2014)

Bob White, 76, of Greenville, passed away Thursday morning, April 3, 2014 at his residence.

He was born March 16, 1938 in Logan, WV, son of the late Ray and Estie (Hager) White. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother and 2 sisters.

Bob had retired from the former Valor Enterprises where he had worked a sales representative. He was a veteran of the US Navy and was a member of the Elk’s, Eagle’s, Moose, Greenville Masonic Lodge #143, Scottish Rite and the Darke County Shrine Club.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Sondra K. (Shiverdecker) White, whom he married September 27, 1980; children, Michelle (Scott) Ritchie, Carl (Tina) Hoskins, Tracy (John) Schmidt, Roberta White, and Chuck White; grandchildren, Evan, Scotty, Heather, Jessica, Tricia, Courtney, Tiffany, Isaac, and David.

A Masonic memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville, burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.oliverfloyd.com

Dorthea Faye Cook (March 31, 2014)

Dorthea Faye Cook, 88, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014 at her home in Matlacha, Florida.

She was born February 7, 1926 in Greenville, OH, daughter of the late Chester and Gennieve Mong. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husbands, Chalmer Clawson and Ray Cook, brothers, LaDon Mong, Morris Mong; sisters, Cathryn Byrne, and Jennetta Stockslager; and a nephew, Donnie Mong.

She is survived by her nephews, Ronald Mong of Upper Sandusky, OH, Mikel Byrne, Middlesboro, KY, John Stockslager, Harold Stockslager both of Greenville, OH, Phillip Stockslager of Nashville, TN; and a niece, Janet Hunley of Indianapolis, IN.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, April 7, at the Oliver-Floyd Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Tony Hunley, Faye's great nephew, will officiate. Burial will follow in the Greenville Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.oliverfloyd.com

Lee Elsass (March 27, 2014)

Lee Elsass, age 80 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 7:10 P.M. Thursday March 27, 2014 at the Miami Valley Hospital Dayton, Ohio. He was born June 1, 1933 in Clarksville, Ohio and the son of the late Harry John and Ava Della (Bagford) Elsass.

Lee was retired following a 33 year career as an Elementary School Principal and teacher. He also had served in the military during peacetime, a member of the St. John Lutheran Church, Elk’s Lodge and a Lifetime member of the Optimist Club, all of Greenville and a member of the Ohio and Darke County Retired Teachers Association.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Barbara (Wilt) Elsass October 5, 2013. They were married August 25, 1957.

Lee is survived by his children Lorri (Jeff) Shoop of Greenville, Larry Elsass of Margate, Florida and Lowell Elsass of Greenville; grandchildren Krystin, Lyndsey and Conner Elsass, Dirk Shoop; great grandchildren Lexi and Lucas Shoop; sister Helen Burden of Sidney, Ohio and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday April 4, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the St. John Lutheran Church 7418 State Route 121-N. Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Patti Morlock officiating. Private burial will be held in the St. John Church Cemetery. The will be no public visitation.

Arrangements by Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to St. John Lutheran Church of Greenville, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society 4440 Lake Forest Dr., Suite 120 Cincinnati, Ohio 45242, or the Cancer Association of Darke County.

Condolences for the family expressed through---www.zecharbailey.com

Gary Duane Fox Sr. (March 26, 2014)

Gary Duane Fox Sr., age 64 of Arcanum, Ohio passed away at 11:15 P.M. Wednesday March 26, 2014 at the Dayton Veteran’s Administration Hospice Unit Dayton, Ohio. He was born April 12, 1949 in Greenville, Ohio and the son of the late Robert and Isabelle (Brown) Fox.

Gary was a Veteran of the U.S. Army and a former member of the Arcanum V.F.W.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son Nathan Fox.

Gary is survived by his children Sherry Corzine of Cincinnati, Ohio; Gary Duane Fox Jr. of Dowling, Michigan and Tom Fox of Greenville; grandchildren Terra, Josh, Bryant, Jordan and Darrell; brother Richard Fox of Greenville; sisters Deb Netzley and Diane Nestor both of Greenville; special friend Roberta Shope of Arcanum and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday March 31, 2014 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with burial following in the Abbottsville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday from 9:30 A.M. until time of the services in the funeral home.

Full Military Honors will be conducted by the Greenville Veteran’s Honor Guard at the funeral home Monday morning.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to the funeral home to help defray funeral expenses.

Condolences for the family expressed through---www.zecharbailey.com

Christine A. Alexander (March 25, 2014)

Christine A. Alexander, 70, of Hollansburg, Ohio, passed away on March 25, 2014 at State of the Heart Hospice in Wayne Healthcare. Christine was born on January 12, 1944 in Bamburg, Germany to the late Phillip and Anna (Schultz) Dorscht.

Christine was a retired custodian from Tri Village Schools after 30 years of service. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville, Greenville Eagles, Greenville Moose and the Hollansburg American Legion Post 708. Christine loved to dance, garden, cook and watch her grandchildren play baseball. She also made prize winning cinnamon rolls at the fair. A very special time in Christine's life was when she became an United States citizen.

In addition to her parents, Christine is preceded in death by an infant daughter, Sylvia Flatter and a brother, Andreas Dorscht.

She is survived by her husband, Barry Alexander of Hollansburg, Ohio; two sons, Kenny and Gail Flatter of Hollansburg, Ohio and Tom and Stacy Flatter of New Madison; five grandsons, three great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends in Germany.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM at St. Mary's catholic church in Greenville, Ohio. Burial will follow in Hollansburg Cemetery. The family request memorial contributions be given to American Legion Post 708 in Hollansburg.

Christine's family would like to thank State of the Heart Hospice for all the care they gave to her.

Services entrusted to Braund Pope Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.braundpope.com.

Phillip Anthony Kirkpatrick (March 24, 2014)

Phillip Anthony Kirkpatrick age 63 of Greenville, OH, and passed away 7:45 A.M. Monday March 24, 2014 in the State of the Heart Hospice Care Center after a six month battle with lung cancer. He is survived by his wife Sandra (Corn) Kirkpatrick, daughter Adrienne (Matthew) Schipfer of Colorado Springs, CO, son Matthew (Holly) Kirkpatrick of Troy, OH; mother Phyllis Kirkpatrick of Greenville, sister Stephanie Kircher of Greenville; eight grandchildren, Ella, Aiden, Ethan and Ava Kirkpatrick, and Marguerite, William, Jackson, and Samuel Schipfer; and numerous nieces and nephews. He his preceded in death by his late father Paul Kirkpatrick of Greenville, OH.

Phil was born on November 1, 1950 in Hancock County near Findlay Ohio. After graduating from Greenville Senior High School, followed by a few years of travelling the country, Phil joined Corning Glass where he worked as a skilled machinist for 29 years until he retired in 2002. He was currently employed with Crown Industries in Celina, Ohio.

Phil was a quiet and humble husband, father, grandfather and friend, who loved his family and friends dearly. An avid chess player, Phil was a member of the United States Chess Federation and competed in numerous tournaments across the Midwest. He introduced, with much patience, the game to his grandchildren and always had a board set up, ready for a match.

In his younger years, Phil's dedication to boy scouts and his pursuit of earning the Eagle Scout badge, cultivated his interest in camping. Combined with his enjoyment of traveling, Phil enjoyed many road trips throughout the country, where most nights were spent in campsites. He enjoyed traveling the road, a reflection of his simple, laid back pace of life. As his years progressed, the planning of a trip became as much of a highlight as the actual travel.

In the summer months, Phil could be found in his backyard, tending to his beautiful garden. A seasoned green thumb, Phil eagerly anticipated each growing season - planning the upcoming plant collection, plotting the garden beds and starting seedlings indoors. Like many of his hobbies, Phil shared this with his grandchildren, always encouraging of the many eager little helping hands.
He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday March 28, 2014 in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio with Rev. Hershel Fee officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Garden. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice of Darke County.
Phil's family wishes to express a thank you to all the friends and caregivers that supported Phil and his family throughout his diagnosis and treatment.

Condolences for the family expressed through---www.zecharbailey.com

Ivan E. Neal (March 15, 2014)

Ivan E. Neal age 78, of Greenville, Ohio passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at his residence. Ivan was born May 30, 1935 in Rossburg, Ohio to the late Muriel Neal.

Ivan is survived by his son & daughter-in-law, Michael “Mike” & Syann Neal of Greenville; grandchildren, Rhiannon Neal, Asia Cross and Ryan Neal; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers & sister-in-law, Jerry Neal of Ansonia and Wayne & Martha Neal of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his mother, Ivan is also preceded in death by his wife, Virginia J. (Wessels) Neal on August 24, 1995 whom he married April 25, 1964.

Ivan served in the U.S. Army. He retired from the former Sheller-Globe in Union City, Indiana.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Pastor Ron Hoeksema officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Garden in Darke County with Military graveside services conducted by the Versailles Veteran’s Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com